Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Aug 24, 2014
    100
    Tsai isn't making a social-problem film here, and his critique of patriarchal control is secondary to his portrait of unbearable psychic conditions.
  2. Reviewed by: Patrick Gamble
    Aug 24, 2014
    100
    Tsai's Stray Dogs is a masterpiece of social-realism, a distinctive and beguiling study of society's displaced and marginalised that plays to the beat of its own drum and refuses to conform to cinema's own commodification.
  3. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Sep 16, 2013
    100
    Every shot of Stray Dogs has been built with utter formal mastery; every sequence exerts an almost telepathic grip.
  4. Reviewed by: Jake Cole
    Aug 24, 2014
    95
    Stray Dogs pushes Tsai’s cinema of laissez-faire long takes, performative observation and pangs of regret and loss to their extreme.
  5. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Sep 10, 2014
    91
    The plight of this struggling family unit weighs more heavily on the heart with each passing minute, making Stray Dogs the rare marathon-length art film that seems to grow less oppressive the longer it goes on.
  6. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Sep 16, 2013
    91
    The filmmaking here is almost impossibly well-realized, right down to the evocative sound design, adding up to an fairly unforgettable experience.
  7. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Sep 15, 2014
    90
    This amazing, maddening film presents a series of extended, mostly static, terrifying tableaux of despair, poverty, and decay.
  8. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Sep 9, 2014
    90
    Stray Dogs evokes the whole of Tsai’s filmography, but also pays off his collaboration with Lee, who shows a side of himself that’s been hidden away for all these years.
  9. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Sep 12, 2014
    88
    It asks a lot of us. In fact it asks us to set aside everything we've been conditioned to think movies are, and roll with a different way of seeing and hearing things, and connect.

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